Native American Church Removes Ban on Gay and Lesbian Marriages

eMediaWire
April 20, 2007

"First Nation Church, its members and ministers believe that marriage is a covenant between two adults and their God, based upon their love for one another. We believe that love for each other, for nature and for all things created by God materializes from the heart, not from legislative bodies. This basic tenet was so important that the founding fathers established it as the cornerstone of the United States Constitution, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights: that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.'" [Link]

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BLOG: New attention-grabbing billboard campaign

Pam's House Blend
April 16, 2007
A Metropolitan Community Church in Indianapolis, IN, this week began a new media campaign aimed at challenging Hoosiers to re-examine their assumptions about what the Bible says about homosexuality. "In the past, many Christians misused the Bible to support slavery, oppose equal rights for women, and oppose interracial marriage," says Rev. Jimmy Creech, Executive Director of Faith In America. "They went so far as to accuse people on the other side of being unbiblical. The same thing is happening again with respect to same-gender relationships. It has to stop." [Link]

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New paper calls marriage equality “moral good”

Whosoever
March 14, 2007
A new Christian think tank has issued the articulation of marriage equality as "a moral good" that "spiritually liberates straight people as well as gay people." [Link]

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Marriage supporters rally for their cause at RI State House

The Providence Journal
February 15, 2007
"I am the pastor of a church that recognizes that same-sex marriage is God's will. And I personally believe that same-sex marriage is a part of God's plan. To believe otherwise is unthinkable to us," Dyszlewski said. "To believe otherwise is to imagine that in creating diversity in nature God made a mistake. What's even worse is to imagine that in creating humanity God made a mistake." [link]

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A Muslim-American reflection on WI’s civil-union ban

The American Muslim
December 11, 2006
Today, some Muslims are content with civil-union bans because they identify with certain values of these restrictions and because they do not see such a ban largely affecting their communities. However, tomorrow could be a day where the government, under the same authority, bans Hijab. Reflecting a trend from European countries, many Americans could proclaim that they distrust Hijab and feel that it is oppressive towards women. Regardless of how we as Muslims feel, the argument could be made that aspects of our lifestyle contradict some values of the American majority. In the same way those seeking civil unions are struggling at this moment, our lifestyle could also be subject to a legal popularity contest. What will we do then? [Link]

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http://www.knoxnews.com/kns/news_columnists/article/0,1406,KNS_359_5088805,00.html

Knoxville News Sentinel
October 24, 2006
Somewhere along the line, conservatives began to equate religious belief with political doctrine. And the next thing you know, the very crowd that used to decry governmental meddling now encourages governmental meddling. Proving that, just like the weather, nothing stays the same in politics. [link]

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OPINION: Anti-marriage stance loses religion’s credibility

USA Today
November 19, 2006
Religion's only real commodity, after all, is its moral authority. Lose that, and we lose our credibility. Lose credibility, and we might as well close up shop. It's happened to Christianity before, most famously when we dug in our heels over Galileo's challenge to the biblical view that the Earth, rather than the sun, was at the center of our solar system. This time, Christianity is in danger of squandering its moral authority by continuing its pattern of discrimination against gay and lesbian people. [Link]

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Marriage: Scripture vs. morality

The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog
November 14, 2006
Our nation's greatest achievement has been its ability to recognize and overcome deeply entrenched racial, religious, gender, and ethnic discrimination. We will achieve this as well in the realm of sexual orientation. But some of us grow impatient. [Link]

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OPINION: Quaker statement on marriage equality

Lacrosse Tribune
October 20, 2006
On November's ballot, Wisconsin will vote on a constitutional ban on same-gender marriages. We of Religious Society of Friends believe the movement to isolate and scapegoat homosexuals, to promote hatred against them, and to impose in law one group's religious beliefs on us all, is blatantly immoral and contrary to Jesus' teachings. [link]

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Panelists blast VA anti-gay marriage referendum

Washington Jewish Week
October 18, 2006
"There is a minority in our society who are being singled out and targeted because they happen to be different," Virginia Sen. Englin said, "and our job as a Jewish community and my job as a Jewish legislator is to try to do something about that." [link]

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